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Christmas at The Bowes Museum


Join us for an exciting programme of scintillating Christmas activities celebrating the festive season at The Bowes Museum. Ranging from a highlight of the regional calendar, the ever popular annual market to Santa’s enchanted wonderland grotto, the events promise something magical to make this a Christmas to remember for all the family.  


12 Days of Christmas

13 November – 5 January 2022

Find out more about this traditional festive carol and items from the Museum’s collection that represent the different lines of the song as you follow this fabulous display around the beautifully decorated galleries! Complete challenges as you go.

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Santa's Wonderland Grotto

1 - 16 (except 3 & 10) December: Wednesdays - Fridays 3pm - 4.30pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 10am - 4.30pm

3 & 10 December: 3pm - 7.00pm

20 - 23 December: 10am - 4.30pm

24 December, 10am - 2pm

£15 per child

(includes Santa experience and admission to the Museum for up to 2 adults) 

Santa has made time in his busy schedule to return to The Bowes Museum again this year. Follow our fabulously festive 12 days of Christmas trail before joining the merry elves in his workshop and creating some seasonal crafts ahead of receiving an early gift from Santa himself in our enchanted grotto. A wonderful way to make a Christmas to remember! Santa's Grotto FAQs.

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Christmas Market at The Bowes Museum

17, 18 & 19 December 2021, 10.00 – 4.00, £5.00 Adults & £2.50 Children

The galleries and grounds of The Bowes Museum are once again set to come alive with the aromas, sights and sounds of the ever popular annual Christmas Market.

A firm favourite in the regional calendar, the event hosts dozens of stalls selling a wide variety of wares from artisan makers and small businesses around the region.  Ideal for finding that perfect gift for even the fussiest person. Find more about last year’s event here.

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Parking at the Christmas Market

£5 per car, Free for Blue Badge holders 

There will be an onsite parking charge of £5.00 per vehicle. If you require a free disabled parking space, please call 01833 690606 to reserve a space. Visitors please note that there will be no access to the market via the rear gate in Crook Lane.

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Santa at The Bowes Museum Christmas Market

17, 18 & 19 December 2021, 10.00 – 3.30, £5.00 per child (Includes Santa visit and present)

Complete the magic of the Christmas Market by popping in to see Santa in his cosy sitting room and getting an early Christmas present!

Santa at The Bowes Museum Christmas Market FAQs

*Tickets to the Christmas Market must be booked separately.

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Woodland Fairy Trail

Every fairy needs a set of wings! Take yours and fly away to shady glade. Next to the Lodge, by the gates you will see…some little steps take you to Sparkle and Shine hiding under a tree.

Fairy Trail